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The Doctor Game

Gifford-Jones A pink pill for female sexual equality

George Carlin, the American comedian, when referring to God, once remarked, “He, and if there is a God, I am convinced he is a he, because no woman could or would screw things up this badly”.

Gifford Jones: Why colonoscopy is good for the Queen. And you

How foolish some people are. Even when it means dying from a large bowel cancer at an early age. I've seen it happen many times over the years. So here are 10 points that can prevent this needless tragedy.

Gifford Jones: The hypocrisy around assisted death

How can you learn to become a hypocrite? It’s easy. Take a course in Politics 101, then get elected to parliament. This will make it easy to postpone matters that demand instant attention.

Gifford-Jones: Sarcopenia - a needless path to a wheelchair

What’s the worst health problem that can happen to you? I’m sure many readers would say cancer, stroke or Alzheimer’s Disease. I agree these are all frightful diseases. But there’s another one that occurs gradually as we age.

Gifford-Jones: So you know how to detect poison mushrooms?

“Are you sure you know how to identify poisonous mushrooms?” I asked my neighbour. He assured me he had studied differences in this fungus and had been picking them for years.

Gifford-Jones: Do I need cataract surgery?

Do I get a lot of E-mail? Yes, tons of it. Do I get letters? Practically never, particularly those without a return address, so I was surprised by a recent one. All I know is the writer lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, and is elderly.

Gifford-Jones: Reader' Reaction to Self-Inflicted Disease

Recently I asked readers to respond to the column, “Want to be a Millionaire?” I received a ton of mail.

Gifford-Jones: Surgery for swinging-door heart valves

Mitral valve surgery can best be described by comparison to the swinging saloon door in old western movies. It demonstrates what can go wrong with the heart’s valves. And what surgical procedure is needed to correct mitral valve prolapse (MVP).

Gifford-Jones: The darkness hormone

"Do you think melatonin is of any value?" a doctor recently asked me. So if a doctor is wondering about this natural remedy, there must be many patients who are asking the same question.

Gifford-Jones How necessary are dental X-rays?

What should you do the next time the dentist tells you he or she is going to take full dental X-rays? A new study shows that just as porcupines make love very, very carefully, you should also take care to limit the amount of radiation exposure during